It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

to raise up the tribes of Jacob

and to bring back the preserved of Israel;

I will make you as a light for the nations,

that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

Isaiah 49: 6

 

These are the words of the Lord as He speaks to His servant Isaiah. The Lord is sending Isaiah out to engage in the redemptive mission that is at the heart of His divine will. Redemption for all of creation is what God seeks, and the Lord has equipped Isaiah for engaging in this work. The servant has been granted understanding and wisdom, strength and courage, and a heart that is both righteous and merciful. Now God calls upon Isaiah to use these gifts as he engages with the people of his own lands and with those from others.

 

Although Isaiah was specifically called as a prophet to Israel in his time and place, I don’t think that God’s message to him was exclusively for then or about that setting. We may not have had experiences exactly like Isaiah’s, but God has called anyone who has responded to Christ into service to Him. Also, we have been equipped for that commission. In fact, we have more available to us today than did Isaiah in his; for, we have God’s written word with the full narrative of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit to inform our understanding and to help guide our journey.

 

So, I think that you and I are tasked by the Lord with continuing His work of redemption in our world. This calling encompasses all of creation from my family and neighbors to people who are far away and very different in customs and in beliefs. It also covers my approach to the environment and to the resources that God has placed on this earth. Christ has granted redemption to me, and He continues to do His redemptive work in me. Now He calls upon me to engage with all others in a manner that places Christ in front of me and that always sees and values them as He does.